190719-01 Large Hopi Kachina; Crow Mother - Old Style
late 20th century
13 1/4" h x 5 1/4" w
A number of Hopi carvers developed what is referred to as "Old Style" dolls. These are dolls which often have an early posture, hands tight against stomach such as in this doll, are essentially one piece and without stands. This very handsome example has a wonderful presence and represents the Crow Mother Kachina.
Angwusnasomtaka is a figure of great dignity. She appears on all three mesas, usually in connection with the initiation of the children, although she also appears on other occasions.
The Crow Mother Kachina embodies both spiritual traits and a representation of a position within Hopi culture. Specifically, she is a “chief” Kachina, a figure of maternal leadership within a tribe, especially to children. In many Hopi legends, she is the mother of all the Kachina. However, her status is secondary to the presence she brings to those around her.
Posed often carrying food or harvest stocks, the Crow Mother is painted with an upside-down triangle on her face and two feather spreads coming from the sides of her head. Though her stoic look is carved to bring a sense of leadership, she embodies compassion.
Crow Mother is believed to be a guiding spirit for many people, and having one in your presence can increase the amount of crow birds in your area, leaving feathers around you to bring good fortune and above all – good health. The Crow Mother’s health comes not just in medicine, but in the purification of conscience and mind. A gifting of a Crow Mother is deep sign of respect and care, and to have one in your presence is believed to bring very good fortune.